Rep. Duckworth, Iraq war vet and double amputee, shames IRS contractor on fake disability
AT News editor Ed Lasky sends this one along and it's a pip of a story.
Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War vet and double amputee. An IRS contractor who claimed disability benefits and status from the VA because of a high school football injury and whose firm has received hundreds of millions of dollars in IRS contracts tried to justify his gaming the system and Duckworth would have none of it.
After reading from a letter Castillo sent to a government official in which he described the "crosses that I bear in my service to our great country," Duckworth, visibly angry, shamed Castillo for comparing his football injury with the heroism of veterans.
"I'm so glad that you would be willing to play football in prep school again to protect this great country," she said. "Shame on you, Mr. Castillo, shame on you. You may not have broken any laws...but you certainly broke the trust of this great nation. You broke the trust of veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans right now are waiting an average of 237 days for an initial disability rating. It is because people like you who are gaming the system are adding to that backlog that young men and women who are suffering from post-traumatic stress, who are missing limbs cannot get the compensation and the help that they need."
"You, who never picked up a weapon in defense of this great nation, very cynically took advantage of the system," she continued. "You broke the faith with this nation, you broke the faith with the men and women who lie in hospitals right now ....and if this nation stops funding veterans' health care and stops and calls into question why veterans deserve their benefits, it's because cases like you have poisoned the public's opinion on these programs."
"I hope that you think twice about the example that you are setting for your children," she said. "I hope that you would think twice about what you are dong to the nation, this nation's veterans who are willing to die to protect this nation. Twisting your ankle is prep school is not defending or serving this nation, Mr. Castillo."
Give 'em hell, Tammy.